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Congressman Hall's Statement on Majority Leader Tom DeLay

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Hall's Statement on Majority Leader Tom DeLay
September 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. ..."My normal reaction to an indictment is that everyone is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. Tom DeLay is a highly respected Republican leader. He has dedicated his life to the Republican Party, to the State of Texas and to the Nation, and he deserves the same presumption of innocence as anyone else. I have never doubted his sincerity nor his devotion to those he represents, his State and our Nation.

"In such a highly publicized case, with a Democratic prosecutor and a Republican defendant, it is in the best interests of the district Mr. DeLay represents and his fellow Members of the House of Representatives that he not be denied the right to a speedy trial.

"We have many challenges - the budget, Iraq and Afghanistan, the damaging vicissitudes of nature, veterans' issues and others. The sooner we reconcile the accusations and this indictment, the better off all the entities affected will be. Tom DeLay is entitled to fair and equal justice, and this should be the goal of both the prosecution and the defense."

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